Seven Steps to grow an Effective Network

Influencing others

Successful people have great networks. Networking is one of the key differentiators between the most successful leaders and the rest of us.

In fact, as we grow in our careers, networking becomes more and more important.  This is because as we climb the corporate ladder, we become more and more dependent on others to achieve our goals.  So networking is not only important for outward success, as some cynics might suggest, but has been shown to correlate with effectiveness on the job as well.  One reason for this is that professionals with active networks know whom to call on when they have a challenge they need help with.

When we think of networking today we think of electronic media, and this has become the most effective way of staying in touch.  Particularly important are professional networks like LinkedIn and the African Management Initiative, but general social media like Facebook and Twitter are also important.

Of course the deepest networks arise from personal contact.  People in our network need to meet us to keep the “chemistry” at work.

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